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At Naperville Community Unit School District 203, our mission is to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers and community contributors.  It is our goal that all Naperville 203 students achieve at their highest potential and find success in whatever path they take after graduation, whether it be college or career. 
 
One of the ways we set our students up for success is through our quality curricula, hands-on experiences inside and outside the classroom, and through a culture of inquiry that encourages students to explore, discover, collaborate and create. Another way in which we set students up for success is through the use of technology in teaching and learning to prepare them for their next phase. 
 
And now, as technology is a ubiquitous part of everyday life, its use has evolved as a part of teaching and learning at Naperville 203 as well.  Our students are exposed to appropriate technology in the classroom at an early age, however, technology does not replace quality teaching and social interaction that happens in our classrooms every day. 
 
Our Digital Learning Initiative programs at all instructional levels have been piloted in classrooms prior to program launch to ensure student success. This intentional and deliberative process includes robust teacher professional education that continues throughout the school year. More on the Digital Learning Initiative can be found on our website. 
 
Technology is integral to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curricula at all instructional levels. Our students use technology to build robots, engineer bridges, design buildings and create computer programs.  
 
At Naperville 203, technology is woven into the fabric of what happens in the classroom each day - we are not simply using technology for technology’s sake. Technology creates an environment for exploration, discovery, collaboration, innovation and success for students in and outside of the classroom. It helps us fulfill our mission, and, there is no doubt that technology continues to play a pivotal role in groundbreaking discoveries that enhance our lives.   
 
There is still so much yet to be discovered!  We live in an exciting time where our children have access to tools and education to encourage exploration that may have lasting implications for generations to come.  Just as those early innovators decades and centuries before us learned from and were inspired by those who came before them, we too are inspired. However, we have an advantage. We have the wisdom of their trials and tribulations and the benefit of more access to advanced technology. 
 
I encourage those who are interested to know more about technology use at Naperville 203 to visit our website. There’s information on Digital Learning and information is updated regularly on what our students are accomplishing. There are also postings on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) that will provide a snapshot into what happens in our classrooms. And, if you have a student in our schools, ask them about what they’re doing with technology in the classroom.  Thank you for your continued support of Naperville 203. 

Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
     
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
     
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
     
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
     
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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